The Morning After: Leica’s new camera was built to fight disinformation

For a mere $9,480.


In this dizzy world of digital tricks and image manipulation where you can erase objects and alter images with a smartphone swipe, Leica wants photos taken on its camera to leave a digital footprint, known as a Content Credential. The M11-P also has a 60-megapixel sensor, and the typical understated layout and Leica styling.

Content Credentials capture metadata about the photograph – like the camera used, location, time and more— and locks those in a manifest that is wrapped up with the image using a cryptographic key. Those credentials can be verified online and whenever someone subsequently edits that photo, the changes are recorded to an updated manifest, bundled with the image and updated in the Content Credentials database.

Users can click on an icon to pull up all of this historical manifest information, and is being described as a "nutrition label" for photographs.

– Mat Smith

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M3-powered MacBook Pros and new iMacs.


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For now, it’s only headed to China.


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Spotify looks set to overhaul its royalty model next year

It could implement minimum play thresholds.

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